on March 13, 2001
This is a fantastic chance to get very close to the big cats in a fun, though a little bizarre setting. Encased 5/8 inch glass walls, this multi tiered habitat is well designed with faux rock cliffs, acacia trees and water. Several of the lions are supposed to be direct descendents of the original MGM lion that appeared and roared in the logo before the films started. The Lions are actually raised at a ranch some distance outside of town and are rotated daily, the new lions being washed, blow dried (Now there’s a job!) and brought into the facility each morning. The best watching time is when the keeping staff is in the enclosure playing with the cubs. They play like enormous house cats with giant yarn balls. On a side note: their primary diet consists of about 15 pounds of horse meat six days a week!
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